Almshouses Clerk

Clerk to the Trustees of the Henry Duke of Cleveland Almshouses, Staindrop

A terrace of 12 Victorian Almshouses is owned by the Henry Duke of Cleveland registered charity. Due to the retirement of the previous clerk, the Trustees seek to recruit a successor.

The role of clerk is to provide professional administrative support and advice to the chairman and trustees, to ensure the charity operates properly, and to make proper arrangements for repairs and maintenance as appropriate.

The role would best suit a person with secretarial experience, financial acumen, basic ICT skills, and with some knowledge of the operation of registered charities.

For a full job description please email staindropalmshouses@gmail.com. For any further details, or an informal chat, contact Ed Chicken on 01833660203 or 07841674937.

The Almshouses Association is a useful source of reference for general information.(www.almshouses.org) This is a part time role, requiring attendance at, and servicing of Trustee meetings which generally take place no more than quarterly. Up to £3000 is payable, with the postholder being self employed. Applications by way of CV should be sent to staindropalmshouses@gmail.com by July 23


Gardener / Handy Person / Maintenance

We are looking for a dedicated individual to help maintain a family Country House on Raby Estates as well as work with our External Maintenance team in a full-time role with accommodation provided on site.  The role is varied and seasonal, and includes the gardens, indoor and outdoor maintenance, a biomass boiler, hens and dogs, vehicles, logs and general security.

Applicants must have a full driving licence, good communication skills, drive and willingness to learn and an ability to self-motivate as well as work with a team.  Honesty, discretion and integrity are essential.  It would also be an advantage to hold a MEWP (mobile elevated work platforms) license, NPTC PA1 & PA6 Knapsack Sprayer, NPTC Chainsaw Certificate or equivalent as well as first aid and manual handling qualifications.  Training will be provided where necessary.

Please download the job description below for more details and how to apply.


Volunteer at Raby Castle

Volunteers play a crucial role in helping to open Raby Castle to more visitors.

Our volunteer stewards is an exciting role if you like talking to people, want to meet new people and want to gain new skills.

Excellent customer service is at the heart of what we do, and our Volunteer Stewards help our visitors to discover more about Raby Castle and leave them feeling inspired. You will be key in imparting a welcoming presence and enhancing security alongside acting as a friendly source of information in the Castle’s public rooms.

You will work alongside the wider Visitor Services team to ensure the visitor experience meets our high standards; you will also be on hand to assist visitors throughout their visit, engaging visitors and supporting the Visitor Services team in the day to day running of Raby Castle.

There may be other opportunities to volunteer across Raby Estate. If you are interested in volunteering at Raby Castle, please download an application form below and email it to:


Or post to
Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL2 3AH

or call 01833 660202 for further information